Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Recent films of note:
"Mel Gibson's Apocalypto"
Ultra-gory and violent - and at times, totally beautiful... and dumb. I think that you always have the include his name in the title.
"The Death of Mr. Lazarescu"
A total bummer, from Romania. Sort of like a more personal "Bringing Out The Dead" on tranquilizers.
The Russian semi-surrealist/sci-fi film by Ilya Khrzhanovsky. It kind of goes nowhere, but you enjoy the ride, nonetheless.
"Cleo from 5 to 7" ("Cleo de 5 a 7") - by Agnès Varda. A curiosity.
"Inside Man" - a suspenseful, if predictable, bank heist film.
"Don't Come Knocking" - by one of my favorite directors, Wim Wenders... it definitely had his imprint. There was a lot of "Paris, Texas" in this one. Still, nice enough to watch. "Land Of Plenty" was decent, too, but it kind of felt like a mish-mash of other Wenders films, as well.
"Dead Man's Shoes" - I am a huge fan of Paddy Considine. It was weird to see him on the screen, looking like he just walked out of a Miguel Angel Martin comic. Pretty intense stuff.
"The Wild Blue Yonder" - increasingly, these Werner Herzog "experiments" don't do it for me.
"Calvaire" - maybe I just don't like Belgian ultra-violence... this one bored me, and it seemed kind of dumb. It had exactly two really good moments for me, both near the beginning. I think that I was the only person who disliked "Man Bites Dog," too...
--- And on television, I have really enjoyed the latest seasons of "The Wire" (HBO) and "Sleeper Cell" (Showtime) - the latter of which was aired like a mini-series. I thought that "Dexter" (Showtime) was fun, but it was nothing to write home about. Recent news of "The Shield" being pushed back from January to April is bumming me out...
Posted by Mark at 10:37 AM